American women are buying guns and taking aim on firing ranges in growing numbers, according to a recent study and interviews with gun-shop owners.
A study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Southwick Associates found 70 percent of shop owners reported more female buyers. It also found 80 percent of the female gun-buyers who responded said they purchased a gun for self-defense, followed by 35 percent for target practice and 24 percent for hunting.
Jack Donald, a Washington-area gun dealer, told The Washington Times that he's noticed a recent increase in female gun sales, with most women looking for protection. He also said he witnessed a surge in overall sales after President Obama was elected, amid fears Obama would restrict gun laws. "Our gun sales volume increased dramatically after the election," he said.
26-year-old Hilary Gotzh wants to buy a gun for protection and recreational uses, She's not sure if other women are joining her. "It's not a common thing that women sit around tea and talk about their firearms," she said.
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A recent National Opinion Research Center study shows the demographics of U.S. gun ownership have changed little during the past 29 years. Women owned roughly 10.5 percent of this country's guns in 1980, compared to 10.8 percent of the more than 200 million guns in the U.S. in 2008